The Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project activity toolkit is comprised of five chapters outlining activities associated with each of the University of Cape Town (UCT) Network Hub pillars of project management activity: networking, evaluation, communications, research capacity building, and curation and dissemination. It is hoped that these briefs will be of practical use to grant-funded initiatives attempting to integrate any of these activities in their operational strategy; particularly large-scale networked research initiatives in the Global South.
The “Networking” chapter is the first in a series of five project activity toolkit briefs. Written by Sarah Goodier and Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams, the focus of this chapter is on the networking activities conducted within the ROER4D project. It explores the concept of networking in the ROER4D project context, outlines the project approach towards visualising and analysing the project network, identifies useful tools for network visualisation and offers insights into lessons learned.
The process of mapping and interrogating networking activity was extremely valuable for the UCT Network Hub in terms of growing the project network and gaining a sense of the general efficacy of project interactions, particularly as relates to meetings and conferencing activity. Overall, the chapter highlights the value of positioning the networking function as a specific project objective in order to better engage current and prospective researchers, educators, publishers, other research projects, advocates and policy-makers.